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Volunteering Positions at Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution

Added 11/02/19

BRLSI has numerous lectures, exhibitions and other activities for which press releases, website information and social media visibility are required. We are currently looking for a volunteer who could assist with publicity; especially keeping an up-to-date list of media and posting information to these various resources.

The Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution is a charity promoting advancement in the arts and sciences. With the commitment and energy of our wonderful volunteers, The Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution has become a centre of cultural activity open to all.

Find out more info here.




B&NES DAA in need of Volunteers

Added 11/02/19

We are looking for those who would be interested in helping us to make B&NES dementia friendly. The role is very flexible and we are all volunteers in the charity with currently 4 trustees.

Find out more here.




New Volunteering Opportunity at Swan Advocacy

Added 11/02/19

Swan Advocacy is in need of someone who can act as a Relevant Person’s Representative. The role is to support clients who lack capacity – either due to dementia, brain injury or learning difficulty; to ensure their best interests are safeguarded and advocating on their behalf.

Click here to find out more.




Volunteer needed for Sports Club Volunteer

Added 11/02/19

Fitness for All is an inclusive sports and fitness club for adults with learning disabilities. We are looking for fun and enthusiastic people to join our team and help us deliver activities for our members to take part in.
The sessions are delivered by a sports instructor and the volunteers support and encourage the members to take part and give it a go.  Volunteers do not need to be particularly sporty or fit themselves, just enthusiastic!

Learn more here.




Guide needed for Herschel Museum of Astronomy

Added 11/02/19

The Bath Preservation Trust is in need of a front of house guide for the Herschel Museum of Astronomy. You will be part of an enthusiastic and friendly team of staff and volunteers and you become a member of the William Herschel Society and Bath Preservation trust, which includes invites to annual lectures, outings, coffee mornings, training, astronomy observing sessions and free admission to other BPT museums. It is ideal for people interested in the museum and heritage sector including the history of astronomy, music and Georgian housing.

If you feel this role is ideal for you, please get in touch.

Find out more here.

We are also looking for people with a friendly and flexible approach to act as a Learning & Engagement Volunteer, who will enjoy a varied and busy role, giving you a chance to share your enthusiasm for Bath’s history with people aged 4 to 94!

This role will suit people who are interested in working with school groups, families or adult groups. It will also provide opportunities for meeting new people and taking part in a wide range of stimulating, fun and worthwhile activities.

Find out more about this role here.





Bath Foodbank in need of a Warehouse Operations Manager

Added 11/02/19

We are looking for someone to volunteer as Warehouse Operations Manager for a couple of hours a week. The Foodbank Warehouse is located in Batheaston and 3 two hours shifts operate weekly. Each shift has a deputy manager and a varying number of volunteers. This is a very important role within the Foodbank and anybody interested should make contact for further discussion and information.

Click here for more info.




Youth Connect in need of Volunteers

Added 11/02/19

Can you help? Do you have an interest in supporting young people?
Southside Youth Hub is looking for volunteers to help out at our evening youth clubs for 11-19 years from 6pm to 8.45pm. A DBS check and training will be given.

Click here for more info.




Volunteer Needed for BRLSI Youth Activities Programme

Added 21/01/19

The Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution are looking for fun and committed volunteer administrators to assist with their STEM and Science Youth Activities Programme.

The workshops take place every second Saturday of the month and volunteers will need to be available for these days on a regular and ongoing basis. we are looking for up to four administrators to take roles such as volunteer or family registration, fire officer etc. BRLSI are also looking for further support in the week to assist with the administration of the Youth activities programme.

Potential volunteers alongside their administrative skills must be confident and happy working both with the public and as part of a team.

Click here for more info.




Dementia Action Alliance are Looking for New Volunteers

Added 21/01/19

We are looking for someone to manage our Social Network accounts and to help increase our social media presence. A good understanding of social media is required and someone who enjoys using social media is a must.

Benefits of the role include:

  • You will be working as part of strong team of committed people
  • You will be part of a team that is dedicated to making B&NES dementia friendly and will be making a real difference to those living with dementia and their carers
  • In-house training relevant to your role
  • After you have been with us for 2 months you will be able to request a reference
  • Any additional travel expenses (apart from the 6-weekly meetings) will be reimbursed
  • You will become a dementia friend so your knowledge of dementia will be increased (1 hour information session)
For more details, click here.




Could you Spare Some Time for Bath Mencap

Added 21/01/19

Could you or someone you know make a positive impact on the life of a person with a learning disability? Can you spare 12 hours a year?

We are looking for volunteers to join the Mencap Visiting Service, an empowering service to people with a learning disability, after their parents have passed away.

You would need to volunteer around six times a year in your own time to support people to enjoy the activities they love. This could be anything from staying in for a cuppa and cake, to going on day trips and outings.

Click here for more info.




Volunteers Needed for Bath Carnival

Added 21/01/19

Be part of Bath’s most colourful outdoor event of the year. Dress up and join our amazing team of creative volunteers.

Responsibilities include:

  • Directing the public around site
  • Keeping an eye out for children who appear unsupervised or lost.
  • Ensuring that all entrances and exits are kept clear. Using event clickers to monitor numbers on site.
  • Promoting a happy, friendly and safe atmosphere, reporting any unusual behaviour to HQ
  • Keeping site clear of litter.

Any experience in carpentry, general DIY or being available to drive a vehicle on the day would be also be valuable for this role.

Click here to find out more.




Wiltshire Council in Need of Volunteers

Added 21/01/19

Wiltshire’s Independent Visitor Scheme is recruiting!!

Volunteers are needed across Wiltshire to befriend children in care. Young people living away from their families often really value having a consistent independent person who can take a special interest in their lives.

Click here to learn more.




Bath Welcomes Refugees in Need of Volunteers

Added 21/01/2019

Volunteers from Bath Welcomes Refugees have been supporting refugees in the Bath area for over two years.
When new families or individuals are due to arrive, there are various individuals within BWR that leap into action to prepare what is to become their new home. As BWR grows, we would very much like to create a team of volunteers that can concentrate on the DIY aspect of this preparation, working along side our Donations and Gardening teams, amongst others. In order to create a successful team, we have decided to start by recruiting a team leader, who can coordinate the work of the other team members.

Click here for more details.




Volunteering Opportunities with Dorothy House

Added 21/01/2019

Our Fundraising Team need to raise £3 million every year in order for us to provide services to 850 patients, carers and families. Events such as the Bath Midnight Walk, Bath Men’s Walk and Open Gardens are an important part of our fundraising effort and we need volunteers who are willing to help out in a variety of ways. This is a flexible, fun and sociable opportunity that can easily be fitted in around other commitments.

Click here to learn more.




Volunteers Needed for Bath Half Marathon 2019 Cheerpoint

Added 21/01/2019

Could you take photographs of our amazing runners on Sunday 17th March 2019?
You will be based at our cheerpoint capturing images of our runners.
You’ll be representing CLIC Sargent and be joining our fight for young lives against cancer.

Click here for more info.




Community Challenges

Added 06/12/2018

Our Community Challenges encourages companies to offer time off for their employees to volunteer for a range of tasks across Bath and North East Somerset. A few years ago Simon Allen offered to write a song for the project and soon as joined by singers and musicians whose daytime is spent working for the Council. Kiean of Bath University also joined the team for the day and didn’t have to shave his hair off! Nam Studio hosted the recording session.

You can listen here.




Volunteers needed for Fed Cup

Added 06/12/2018

Volunteers needed for GB’s home Fed Cup tennis tie in Bath, February 2019! Apply now to be part of a super fun and friendly volunteer team at or for more info email

We are looking to assemble a super-friendly volunteer team to help deliver Britain’s first home Fed Cup tie in 26 years. You don’t need any previous tennis or volunteering experience to be involved, but bags of enthusiasm and a passion for helping others is a must!




Lifetime Achievement Award Results

Added 06/12/2018

Congratulations to Lorna Montgomery ⁦‪from Bath Repair Cafe on her ⁦‪Institute of Fundraisers South West Lifetime Achievement Award, those who have worked with her said “we are very proud to have worked with her over the decades and to see the fantastic impact of her fundraising, leadership and volunteering” Well done!




Vegmead Bath

Added 06/12/2018

We’ve been quiet for a while which tells its own story. Due to some of us having kids & others moving away we are struggling.  Could you get involved and help out?  Its great fun and very rewarding!






Share & Repair Bath

Added 04/10/2018

We would like you to join a great team called Share & Repair to help change the mind-set from ‘it’s broken, throw it away’ and help reduce carbon emissions?

If you are interested please do contact us at:




World Mental Health Day : October 10th

Added 04/10/2018

We have been working with partners around BaNES on preparations for World Mental Health Day on 10 October and the events start this weekend on Saturday 6 October.

As part of the activities a ‘flashmob’ choir will perform two songs in three locations across Bath city centre on Saturday 6 October. Colleagues from our organisations will be joined by members of the public to sing ‘With a Little Help from my Friends’ and Bill Wither’s ‘Lean on Me’ at the following locations so do come and join in if you can:

• Old Bond Street, 11.30am

• Bath Abbey, 12pm

• Southgate shopping centre, 12.30pm

The partners we are working with across BaNES are Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP), Curo, Bath Mind, St Mungo’s, DHI, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Creativity Works, Bath Food Cycle, City of Bath College, Royal United Hospital and Soundwell.

The events take place from 6 to 16 October and include a great range of activities; breathing and relaxation, physical activity tasters, pebble painting, how to get involved in volunteering, mental health in schools, rainy day resilience and our very own cookery sessions.

Find out more at:




Volunteers wanted for Race for Life Pretty Muddy Obstacle Course

Added 06/09/2018

Cancer Research UK is looking for volunteers for their Race for Life Pretty Muddy 5k obstacle course. The roles on offer are:

  • Enquiries and Administration Volunteer
  • Event Day Volunteer
  • Course Marshal Volunteer

Follow this Link for more details:





Volunteers wanted for the Owls Hoot Farewell

Added 22/08/2018

We are recruiting volunteers to help out at the OWLS ‘HOOT FAREWELL’ * ACTION PREVIEW WEEKEND * 29th – 30th SEPTEMBER

We are recruiting a team of 30 volunteers to help out when all 82 of the owls and owlets will be gathered together in one giant ‘parliament’ over the weekend of 29-30 September at the Bath Recreation Ground.  This unique auction preview weekend will be the last chance to say your farewells before the flock flies off to the charity auction on 17th October.

As well as viewing the 82 fabulous owl sculptures, there will also be owl artists’ exhibitions, owl decoration workshops, real owl displays, owl sponsor stands, Bath City FC’s ‘Beat the gOWLie’ challenge, food and drink stalls and much more – a fantastic day out for owl fans of all ages!

We are seeking expressions of interested for the following roles:

  • Street marshals – guiding the public in from nearby streets
  • Entrance/exit marshalls
  • Owl marshalls (making sure people don’t stand on them etc)
  • Queue marshalls
  • Raffle ticket sellers
  • Merchandise sellers

If you are interested please let me know via email Banes Volunteer Services




Would you like to be part of Forest 2018?

Added 22/08/2018

Get in touch to volunteer at one of the hippest, creative events in Bath!




Breastfeeding volunteers needed in Radstock

Added 15/08/2018

Volunteering mums who are or have breastfed their children are wanted to help other mums learn to breastfeed in Radstock.

The Community Volunteer Service, one of a number of services provided by Virgin Care as part of Bath and North East Somerset Community Health and Social Care Services, is on the lookout for new breastfeeding peer supporters to provide help at Health Visitor-led Baby and Toddler Hubs in September.

Breastfeeding peer supporters provide support to new mums or mums who wish to breastfeed for longer.

The last UK-wide Infant Feeding Survey found that while 81% of mums initiate breast feeding, this falls to 24% in England exclusively breast feeding when the baby is 6 weeks old.

Evidence backed by NHS England has found that peer support, can improve quality of life by building the knowledge, skills and confidence that enable people to manage their healthcare and gain access to information. This can lead to a reduction in GP visits, crisis admissions or onward referrals to social care.

Mike Plows Manager BaNES Volunteer Services at Virgin Care said: “We need more mums who are, or have been breastfeeding and would like to support and encourage other mothers in the Radstock area.

“An important part of improving breastfeeding rates is access to face-to-face, ongoing, predictable support for families and social support in the local community.”

If you would like to become a volunteer and require more information please contact Mike Plows  01225 477 115.




Nominations for Chairs Community Awards 2018/19

Added 08/08/2018

The search is on to find unsung heroes in Bath and North East Somerset with the launch of special awards celebrating volunteers, community leaders, staff and businesses that make a positive contribution to the local community

The Chair of Bath & North East Somerset Community Awards 2018/19 was officially launched on Friday (August 3) at the Guildhall, in Bath, by the Chair Councillor Karen Walker.

Nominations are now open for inspirational people who put others first and contribute to the council’s vision to make Bath and North East Somerset an even better place to live, work and visit.

There are three main categories in the Community Awards: Volunteering, Business and Service to the Community. Service to the Community is a new category and it recognises the exceptional service made by individuals and teams working across the Chair’s Award partner organisations.

Residents, staff, councillors, businesses, organisations and groups, teachers, and volunteers from Bath and North East Somerset can nominate people and nomination forms must be returned by no later than Friday 21st December.   You can nominate online or send a nomination form email or post clearly marked  The Community Awards 2018/19.

Everyone nominated for an award will be presented with a certificate in recognition of their contribution.  The winners of each category will receive a certificate and an award presented by the Chair of the Council at an Awards Ceremony held on Wednesday 27th February 2019 in the Banqueting Room, at the Guildhall in Bath.

For more information and how to nominate, please go to  or





Do you have a project that a group of talented students could help you with?

Added 25/07/2018

For the past 6 years the University of Bath’s School of Management faculty have partnered with the Banes Volunteer Services (formerly Volunteer Centre) and the University of Bath’s Student Union Volunteer Department with the aim of encouraging small teams of students to volunteer their time and/or skills in October and November to add value to local charitable organisations.


We are looking for a set of fairly simple projects that a team of up to 7 students can deliver in November. This could include :

  • Assisting you in the planning or delivery of an event.
  • Pre-Xmas activity planning e.g; maybe doing a small amount of fundraising to provide Xmas decorations.
  • Collating a collection for you e.g; food or arts and crafts items or good quality items for a charity shop.
  • Organising a simple event like afternoon tea for your client group.
  • Using their skills – marketing, strategy and planning, finance – to  carry out a piece of work for you or provide training.
  • Helping to raise the profile of your charity.

Please do bear in mind that the students involved in this scheme are international and will be put into teams of other students that they have probably not met before. Therefore part of their challenge may well include language and cultural barriers.


Challenge application form 2018

Please complete the challenge application form provided above, giving us as much detail as possible about the challenge and the benefits for you or your client group.  You may request as many projects as you like but each one must be on a separate form.

E-mail your challenge(s) to by close of play on FRIDAY 21st SEPTEMBER.

The projects will be launched to Bath University students the week beginning 8th October and the student groups then choose which challenge they would like to deliver. If we receive more than 12 challenges then myself and Anna Boneham (Student Volunteer Manager – Student Union) will be shortlisting to achieve this number. Therefore, some challenges will not get selected to go through to the final round. However, we do have other groups of students who might then want to take up some of these projects at a later date.

We look forward to receiving your potential challenge projects by close of play on 21st September and thank you in advance for your support.




Need to explain why you want to involve #volunteers in your organisation?

Added 25/07/2018

Check out our info on knowhow.




The Art of Reflection in Volunteer Management

Added 25/07/2018

An interesting reminder:




The State of the World’s Volunteerism Report 2018

Added 25/07/2018

The Thread That Binds: Volunteerism and Community Resilience will be launched this week.




Banes Volunteer Services Survey

Added 18/07/2018

We are trying to find out about the extent of volunteering in Bath and North East Somerset. Do you currently volunteer or have you chosen not to? We would like to hear from all people whether they volunteer or not and would really appreciate it if you could fill in a short survey on the topic.

Click Here to take survey




Have no time to volunteer?

Added 04/07/2018

Heather is suggesting ways to fit in volunteering if you think your schedule is too full to spare the time




What a wonderful idea

Added 04/07/2018

The @LinkAgeNetwork and @St_Monica_Trust have launched an ACE Neighbours programme in Keynsham. ACE Neighbours matches volunteers (aged 60+) with older isolated adults (aged 65+) who want to get out more often. To volunteer or refer somebody visit




Free Dementia Awareness Information Event

Added 04/07/2018

Delivered by Dementia Friends, this engaging information session aims to make people more aware of the nature of dementia and the challenges faced by those living with the condition, and their carers.

This is an accessible course that is suitable for all volunteers, or anyone hoping to develop a greater understanding to help others.

For more information:




Struggling to exercise and lose weight? Participate in our study and let us help.

Added 04/07/2018

An interesting opportunity for anyone local that is:

  • male or post-menopausal female
  • aged between 40 and 65 years
  • have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of between 25 and 40 kg/m2 (calculate your BMI)
  • currently not exercising regularly
  • have a waist size of more than 80 cm if you are female or more than 94 cm if you are male

Follow link for more information:




Can you inspire children about our wonderful waterways?

Added 04/07/2018